From a gardener's point of view it's been funny old year weather wise, but then I've been saying that for the past 15 years and 2016 has been no exception. A very wet June followed by drought conditions in August. In spite of this we still had 2 good shows even though the entries for the Autumn Show were 25% down on last year. I would like to thank all those that contributed, both novice and experienced. One particular lady only started exhibiting a few years ago with 1 or 2 entries. This year she put in 20 entries and won 2 trophies.
I do not intend to thank individual committee members, that would take too long and has already been done at the last committee meeting. There is however, a group of people who are not on the committee, but nevertheless work extremely hard for us and I would like to thank those individually.
Dick Brown, Mike Sutton, Dot and Tom Donovan help us to set up the shows on the Friday evening. Sue North, not only runs the tea bar at the shows, but together with Una and Margaret help with the teas at the monthly meetings as well.
We have had a very varied and interesting year with our monthly speakers and if you look at your membership cards you will see that next year looks just as good. This is the result of a lot of hard work from Jane Corbey. My heartfelt thanks got to all these people and if I have missed anybody out then I apologise.
When our previous secretary Diane stepped down, my daughter Jenny stepped up to the plate to temporarily fill the void until a more permanent replacement could be found. I'm pleased to say that Margaret Cairns (who together with Stephen Rooke has now joined the committee) has agreed to stand for election as Club Secretary and I would like to thank her for offering her services. I would also like to thank Jenny for filling in as Secretary for us.
Our monthly meetings started about 17 years ago when Phyllis Woodiwiss, Jean Worlledge and Lynn Martin thought that it would be a good idea to have guest speakers, quizzes etc. on a monthly basis as well as the 2 annual shows. I don't think that they envisaged how successful that would be.
We were known then as the Tiptree and District Horticultural Society and at the AGM in 2000, it was proposed to change the name to Tiptree Garden Club. Suffice it to say, uproar ensued and today's name is a compromise reached at that AGM. After 17 years, the committee think that it is time to move forward, and are recommending that we change our name to Tiptree Garden Club, thus dropping the word Horticultural which we feel puts some people off. This new name also allows us to incorporate a new logo which you will find on your copy of the accounts. This is probably the 6th or 7th version from the original suggestion and is the one that the committee are recommending. I would like to thank our technical advisor Alex Hurst BA Hons for all his hard work on this. These 2 issues will be voted on under AOB.
It only remains for me to thank our members, visitors and everyone involved in our club for making it such a friendly and successful one.